Current Announcements & Articles

Dakota County Technical College Open House

Wednesday, April 5, 3:00 - 7:00 PM

DCTC's 'Season Opener' allows students to apply for free, meet faculty, learn about financial aid, and enter a chance to win free tuition for one semester!  Click here for the details and to see how to RSVP.  


Camp RYLA (Rotary) Leadership Opportunity

Juniors, Seniors and Sophomore may apply for this all-expense paid leadership camp.  Deadline to apply is March 30, 2017.  Click  here for all the details or here for the Rotary site. 


Know the Truth Chemical Health Presentation

View this outstanding video of the evening presentation in its entirety here.  (Held Monday, Feb. 6 at NPHS)


Advice for Parents on Social Media Apps

Click here for eye-opening info on all those apps out there!


Did you miss Sophomore or Junior Information Night (Nov. 10)?

Click  here to view a video of the junior evening to view the sophomore presentation. 


Seniors Applying to the University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities

Seniors applying to the U of M Twin Cities, who are also applying to any other U of M campus (Morris, Duluth, Rochester, Crookston), may benefit from the "Share My App" program.  It allows you to share your application with the other campuses for no additional fee!  Read here for details.


Riverland College Campus Visit Info

Click here to view campus visit details to Riverland's campuses at Austin, Albert Lea or Owatonna. 


Four Year Private College Application Details

Click here for a comprehensive chart showing college application deadlines, fees and links to applications.  All in one spot! 


Private College Campus Visit Info

Click here for details on fall campus visits to private colleges in Minnesota.


Seniors: Apply for Financial Aid Starting October 1

A major change at the federal level allows seniors to begin applying for financial aid starting October 1, 2016.  Students and parents/guardians will use tax information from 2015 to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Our office will share details about the financial aid process in the near future.  All seniors received several informational packets regarding financial aid during their meeting with counselors on September 28.  Click here for a concise summary of the federal changes.  


Great info for parents of adolescents!

Click here for "Top 10 Tasks of Adolescent Development" and here for "5 Basics of Parenting Teens." 


Looking for ACT test prep?  

See your counselor for login information to our free online test prep resources:  MCIS & Naviance.  Click here for our ACT test prep page & links.


Soft Skills Critical for New Grads

Click here to see what employers are looking for in potential employees.


Top 8 Reasons Why Teens Try Alcohol & Drugs

Click here for this insightful article.


Private Colleges: (FAQ's)  

Article: click here


The Silicon Valley Suicides

Intriguing insights into why so many kids with bright prospects are killing themselves in Palo Alto.  Click here.


Suicide Prevention, Parenting Tips 

Click here to read an interesting article from a psychiatrist who works in Palo Alto, CA. Great food for thought! 


Minnesota's Opioid Epidemic

Click here for Minnesota Public Radio's series on opioid addiction.


Resilience in Youth

Click here for this article from Psychology Today. 


Private Colleges More Accessible Than You May Think

You may be surprised at the percent of low income families that receive financial aid at private colleges.  The short article here clarifies how accessible a private college education can be.


Private College Value and Cost Myths

Two college presidents sound off on the value of a liberal arts education here.   


E-Cigarettes Being Used by Teens to Smoke Marijuana

Click here for article.